Friday, July 24, 2015

Dear Abby: Dachshund Postcards

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a good week in your corner of the world.  It is still hot here, and Momma and I are both feeling a little low energy because of the heat.  I am very grateful for fans and air conditioning!  What did doggies do before air conditioning was invented?!

This week I thought I would share a few dachshund postcards with you.   As you probably know, I love to help Momma with her online shops.   (She could not do this without me!  I help with sourcing, listing, and sometimes packing, too.)  A bit ago we found a box of unused postcards featuring dachshunds.  They are larger postscards (Continental size, 4" x 6" - did you know postcards come in two sizes, Standard and Continental?).  We are guessing they are 1970's to 1980's vintage.   They are European cards, mostly from Germany, but some are from Denmark, Switzerland, France, and more.  Every time I glimpse them in Momma's shop they make me happy.  You can peek at them here:  Dachshund postcards at Birdhouse Books.

I thought I would share a few postcards with you, so you can smile too.  

I like green and purple together, so think this is an extra cute card -- that doxie is seeing something interesting, I believe!
 These pups look very comfy on their couch with that pillow.
That wicker and gingham background makes me hopeful that the doxie pictured here is about to have a picnic lunch.
 Aww, sweet puppy!
This is a regal dachshund.  I'm sure this is a handsome male.  (Be still my heart!)
 Two little puppies are sitting in a bowl ... and they sure are cute!
I am running out of questions to answer here, and would appreciate any questions sent in for future posts.  They can be serious or fun ... any questions you would like to see answered here?   I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Love and xxx's,
Abby

Book Review: Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder. 

Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.

Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.

Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

My Review

What a lovely read!  There is so much to enjoy about Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor.   I loved the historical fiction aspects of this novel, with a storyline set in the 1950's and another set in the present.   Melanie Dobson moves back and forth between these time periods seamlessly in the book.

Maggie (1950's) and Heather (present-day) are both sympathetic protagonists, and I enjoyed reading their stories.  I loved the secrets, mysteries, and family connections found in this novel.

I am a bit of an Anglophile and absolutely loved the setting in the English countryside.  It was described so vividly!  I could really picture the cottage and the manor.

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor is an engrossing read, and I would recommend it enthustiastically, especially to anyone who loves historical fiction in a cozy setting.

About the Author

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and "Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana" won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.

I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.